Russia asks Google to unblock Russian Parliament’s official YouTube channel

Roskomnadzor wrote to Google that the company that runs YouTube has requested that the ban be lifted from the official YouTube channel of the Russian parliament – the State Duma channel.

Roskomnadzor says Google LLC, which controls YouTube Internet service, immediately regained access to video hosting on the Russian state Duma Duma TV channel and explained why such restrictions were imposed.

Earlier, the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, announced on Saturday that Google had banned its official broadcast channel on the YouTube platform.

“Google has blocked Duma TV’s YouTube channel. It had over 145,000 subscribers and our videos received over 100 million views in total, “the chamber said in a statement on Saturday.

The Duma TV channel, which broadcasts the full session and broadcasts exclusive comments from deputies, was previously exempt from restrictions imposed by Russian official agencies and American platform companies on media broadcasts in retaliation for the Ukraine invasion.

Duma authorities, however, indicated that they were “ready for this situation” and announced that they would continue broadcasting on Russian platforms such as Rutube, Vikontakte or Telegram Messaging Channel, according to notes collected by the TASS agency.

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